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Northern Illinois Conference Seeks Benefits and Human Resources Officer

The Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks a full-time Benefits and Human Resources Officer.

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Updates from Your NIC Delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conferences

The NIC delegation to General and Jurisdictional United Methodist Conferences has set its fall 2023 meeting schedule. All delegation meetings are open to visitors. Priority concerns now are the Commission on General Conference's decision about which petitions can be accepted at next year's delayed annual conference and a proposal for regionalizing some of the denomination's decision-making.

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Children blossom as readers and confident students in St. Mark UMC’s Freedom School

St. Mark United Methodist Church in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood has been especially busy this summer. Some of its rooms were buzzing with the sound of children dancing, moving, or discussing a story they heard read aloud that day. After lunch, though, the building would settle into 15 minutes of stillness, when children and adults were quietly reading.

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From Your Bishop: By your Spirit make us one …

This line has stayed with me for some months. It hits me with a force now that I have been consecrated as a bishop. It is worth noting that in the Great Thanksgiving the paragraph that begins, “Pour out your Holy Spirit” is followed in the next paragraph with the implications. “By your Spirit, make us one…” It is only by God’s Spirit that we find the power of a unity in Christ that can confront the world’s prejudices, racism, and fear-based division. My soul has lingered long on this for the past month. I am praying, “Make us one.”

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Annual Conference Shepherding Team hears hard truths as it determines its purpose

Clarifying its role in strengthening Northern Illinois Conference shared ministries is priority one for the Annual Conference Shepherding Team and was its focus at its July 29 meeting at Friendship United Methodist Church in Bolingbrook.

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Leading the Laity: Take time to restore your soul: find your own quiet center

We hear the phrase “self-care” a lot these days. The concept dates back millennia. Maybe now is a good time to revisit wise words from the Holy book. Open up to Psalm 23 and offer a reviving drink to your thirsting heart and soul.

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